President Zuma must fire Bheki Cele

According to reports this morning, the Board of Inquiry into the fitness of suspended National Police Commissioner Bheki Cele has recommended that President Zuma remove him from the job.

The Board has found that Cele lacked the capacity to execute his official duties efficiently and was not fit to hold office. It was further found that his grave misconduct as national police commissioner and his apparent unlawful conduct further proved that he was unable to hold office. It is also reported that evidence suggested there was a questionable relationship between Cele and property tycoon Roux Shabangu.

The Democratic Alliance has since his appointment in 2009 maintained that Bheki Cele is not fit to occupy the position. The DA at the time specifically questioned his independence and impartiality, track-record, ethical conduct, and his skills and experience.

President Zuma must act swiftly and decisively upon the recommendations of the Board and sack Bheki Cele as top cop once and for all.

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The President must further show that he is serious about restoring the credibility of and public confidence in the SAPS by appointing a National Commissioner from the ranks of the police who possesses the requisite qualifications, experience in the police service and in its management, and a track-record of professionalism and excellence.

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